Mike Hardy, struggling to pretend that there is not a media-imposed blackout on the fact that the Situation is all about homosexual abuse, writes:

The fact that the media aren’t unanimous in forcing your conclusions about this fact down America’s throat doesn’t mean they aren’t reporting it – or that they aren’t reporting that many see it as a homosexual problem.”

Meanwhile, Rod Dreher, who actually works in and is familiar with the inner workings of the American media, writes:

Here’s a recent open letter from one of the CMA’s leaders, to the bishops, saying that same-sex attraction in the priesthood is at the heart of this scandal. The bishops don’t want to hear it.

And neither do the media. I’m hearing from inside press circles that reporters, editors and producers don’t want to look at the gay issue. Michael S. Rose, author of Goodbye, Good Men, is in Dallas. I spoke yesterday to a TV reporter who wants to interview Rose about his findings, but who received word from the top to stay away from him. I can’t prove it, but from the anecdotes I’m hearing, the need to avoid the “elephant in the sacristy,” in Mary Eberstadt’s memorable phrase, is perhaps the only point on which the bishops and the media agree.

And that, of course, is the way such business is conducted. Which is why, so far, nobody has addressed the central issue: the bishops’ permission and even fostering of a culture of contempt for chastity and orthodoxy: a contempt that has a distinctly lavender hue in the American ecclesiocracy.


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